Google announces ‘Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge’, promises not to sue users and developers of open-source software unless sued first
In the midst of ongoing legal battles in the tech industry, there has arisen what some may consider to be a beacon of hope: ‘Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge’. Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge (OPN) is an initiative recently announced by Google that has Google promising “we pledge not to sue any user, distributor or developer of open-source software on specified patents, unless first attacked.”
The key to OPN is it only applies to open-source software (i.e.…Read More »
Congress has restricted US government from purchasing Chinese tech, due to “cyber-espionage or sabotage risks”
For better or for worse, Chinese technology companies have been having a hard time making inroads in North America. While lack of innovation can be cited for their failure in the consumer market, fear of Chinese cyber-espionage can be blamed for their inability to enter the commercial and governmental markets.…Read More »
In their ’25 Years of Vulnerabilities’ study, SourceFire — a firm that focuses on providing network security solutions to companies — has revealed iPhone has 81% of all smartphone operating system vulnerabilities, followed by Android (9%), Windows Mobile/Phone (5%), and BlackBerry (4%).…Read More »
Every year the Language Council of Sweden publishes a list of top ten new words popularly used in Sweden. The latest list, published December 2012, included the word ‘ungoogleable’ (‘ogooglebar’ in Swedish), meaning something that cannot be found via a search engine.…Read More »
Here’s a potentially disturbing statistic from a UN report, depending on how you think about it. There are currently more people in the world that have cellphones than people with access to toilets. There are 7 billion people in the world.…Read More »
Google’s Glass project isn’t even officially out yet and it’s already starting to gain a healthy amount of opposition. The device was recently banned from a Seattle bar, and while that one might have been more publicity stunt than actual rule, this one’s an actual bill.…Read More »
Windows Blue leaked in video, reveals more Live Tiles sizes, side-by-side Snaps Views, and more [Video]
An early build of Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Blue has been leaked online, revealing many of the feature additions and changes we can expect to see when it releases officially later this year.
The build is listed as Build 9364, and some of most notable differences noticeable from Windows 8 are more sizes for the Live Tiles (they can go smaller now), a new side-by-side Snap View, new system apps, enhanced multi-monitor support and more.…Read More »
We might not have to deal with those pesky warnings about turning off our tablets or e-readers on flights much longer. The Federal Aviation Administration of the United States may announce a more “lenient” policy on electronics usage later this year, with it taking effect sometime in early 2014.…Read More »
Just 2 months ago, we reported on Facebook launching free calling for iOS users in the US and Canada. Now, Facebook has enabled the free calling feature to users across the pond (sorry, couldn’t help it)!
The process remains pretty much the same: When in the conversation view, tap on the “i”button on the top-right of the screen.…Read More »
The crystalline form of aluminum oxide, sapphire, might be what covers the screen of your next smartphone. A report out of the MIT Technology Review says that sapphire could compete with Corning’s Gorilla Glass which is currently being used in most phone’s displays, in the very near future.…Read More »
Apple has achieved 100 percent renewable energy for all its data centers, releases video of nation’s largest user-owned solar array
Apple takes environmental impact seriously. No, really. A report from Bloomberg notes that Apple has updated their environmental policy pages, and the company has a pretty impressive statistic to share: 100 percent renewable energy powering its data centers.
You can sync to iCloud as many times as you want — those data centers are being powered by massive solar arrays, chilled water systems and servers housed in cold air containment pods that change fan speed depending on the required airflow.…Read More »
Last month, tech giants Apple, Microsoft and Adobe were summoned to explain in a hearing the significantly higher prices of tech goods in Australia. Adobe’s CEO even went as far as dodging the questions during pre-interviews, quite expertly I might add.…Read More »
In a blog post on Hulu’s official blog, the site announced that they would be making every episode of Star Trek available for free until the end of March.
This comes around two months in advance of the release of J.J.…Read More »
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is teaming up with Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, to create the country’s new ”open and standardised operating system.”
The new version of Ubuntu, which is codenamed Kylin, will be completely tailored for the local needs of Chinese citizens.…Read More »
The headline says it all — this is getting ridiculous. A report out of The Korea Times says that LG is also building a smart watch. The company joins Apple, Samsung and Google as companies who are heavily rumored to be working on a smart watch.…Read More »
Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S4 has a little brother on the way. Leaked images of what look like is going to be the Galaxy S4 mini have been spotted by SamMobile, and there is both good news and bad news about the phone.…Read More »
When Sony announced the PS4 around a month ago, a lot of people were hung up about the fact that they didn’t show off the console’s design. So even if we know what the PS4 is capable of doing, we still don’t know what the box sitting in our entertainment center is going to look like.…Read More »
Apple may have fixed their password security hole, but you should probably enable two-step verification
Just in case you missed it, Apple made a pretty serious boo-boo on the security front yesterday. The security issue was that Apple’s iForgot password reset tool was made vulnerable to hackers — if they managed to manipulate the URL in the date of birth page, they could reset your password.…Read More »
Is Apple losing its touch? Major security hole allowed hackers to easily reset passwords to Apple accounts using iForgot
There was a time when Apple products were popularly recognized as being secure. Or at least more secure than the competition. For example, for the longest time Mac OS X was synonymous with “doesn’t get viruses” (which, of course, has never been true — malware makers just never targeted Macs in the past).…Read More »
Internet-wide scan reveals millions of devices are exploitable due to use of default passwords like “admin” or “root”
A researcher, who has chosen to remain anonymous, has performed an internet-wide scan to determine the security level of gadgets like printers, webcams, and set-top boxes all across the world.
The scan was done by using the researcher’s custom-written code to send out more than 4 trillion messages.…Read More »
The next version of Google’s Android storefront, Google Play, has been leaked in a recent video walkthrough by Droid Life. The version number is listed as 4.0.16 and while not all parts of the store are functioning just yet, it’s a pretty good glimpse of what you’ll probably be using after Google officially unveils it.…Read More »
Recognize that fellow up there? That’s Guy Kawasaki, formerly of Apple but now at Google’s Motorola division. If that picture he posted on Google+ seems completely unrelated and harmless to you, hold on. There is reportedly more to it.
The Porsche video he linked in the post is an exclusive program where customers can custom-design their own Porsche by choosing from a list of options. …Read More »
Shortly after CES 2013, Sony released a video of one of their engineers assembling some of their hottest gadgets in only 5 minutes.
Now it’s upcoming Xperia Tablet Z, which is due in May, is getting its own video — but this time of the teardown variety.…Read More »
Google Chrome’s latest Experiment might just be the most entertaining one yet. “World Wide Maze” allows you to turn any website of your choosing into a 3D Marble Madness-esque game with your computer’s monitor as your main screen and your phone as a tilt controller.…Read More »
In one of the more bizarre interviews lately, an interviewer gets his phone tossed out by none other than Nokia CEO Stephen Elop. Why? Well, it was an iPhone of course. And I’m sure the Nokia head was thinking at the time that hating on Apple would be the “cool” thing to do.…Read More »
Google Glass? That’s old news! If a recent report from The Financial Times is to be believed, Google Glass isn’t the only piece of wearable tech the folks at Mountain View have cooking — it looks like Google isn’t going to let Apple and Samsung have all the smart watch fun.…Read More »
Last month, reports surfaced about a bug in iOS 6.1 that would allow anyone to bypass your passcode lock and gain access to your phone. After more than a month’s time, Apple has released iOS 6.1.3 to address the issue. The problem is, while they did fix the security bug, they introduced a new one in the process.…Read More »
Is Microsoft serious? They just released an ad bashing Galaxy S III. You know, the outdated model. [Video]
If you follow tech blogs, you may have read about Microsoft’s recent failed marketing attempts to promote its products such as Surface Pro and Outlook.com. Ready to add another dumb Microsoft advertisement to the list? Look no further than the following ad which compares Nokia Lumia 920 to… Samsung Galaxy S III.…Read More »
The United States has legal elbow room for American companies to pay “grease the wheel” type bribes to government officials in other countries. In other words, it is OK for American companies to pay bribes if a) bribes are a part of the culture in the country and b) if the bribe is for the purposes of speeding up a process (e.g.…Read More »
A handful of banks in South Korea have reportedly experienced serious network outages due to a malware attack.
The KBS and MBC networks said that all their computers shut down at 2pm local time, although this did not disrupt or damage their daily TV broadcasts.…Read More »
Two days ago a mysterious unannounced Google service called Keep went live for a short period of time before being disappearing again. Many of us took it as a sign that an official reveal was just around the corner and it turns out we were right — Google has officially launched Google Keep for the web and Android.…Read More »
Disappointed by Samsung’s Galaxy S4? Looking for a more pure Google experience perhaps? Well, if this anonymous source that sent in a scoop to Android and Me isn’t messing with us, we might be looking at Google’s next Nexus phone.
The source claims to work for Google and says that this is the LG Nexus 5, or codename “Megalodon.” The device is reportedly a prototype, and boasts some pretty impressive specs:
- 5.2-inch OLED Display with 1920×1080 resolution
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 @ 2.3 GHz
- 3GB LPDDR3 Ram
- 16/32/64GB of internal storage
- 16MP rear camera by OmniVision (4k video recording @30FPS, 1080p video recording @60FPS, Real Time HDR & HDR video recording, optical image stabilization, BSI 2.0)
- 2.1MP front camera (1080p video recording @30FPS)
- 3300 mAh Lithium Polymer battery
- Front positioned stereo speakers
- Qualcomm RF360 (LTE 150 Mbps & HSPA+)
- Integrated DVB-T / ATSC-antenna
- Gesture like controls (navigation, zoom, etc)
3GB LPDDR3 RAM?…Read More »
Google has just a dropped a bombshell on the Internet. No, I’m not talking about how they’re shutting down Google Reader this July — that’s old news. Rather, the company, in a move that Internet users the world have to wonder why it took so long, has added an animated GIF filter to its image search.…Read More »